Jumpstart in Harare again

By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe

Building from the success of their first event last month, Jumpstart Zimbabwe will this Friday host its second event at Harare Club in the capital, to address the question of intellectual property (IP) in ICT industry.

“This event covers a topic that concerns many a would-be entrepreneur in Zimbabwe, and it’s not just a concern in Zimbabwe, it’s an issue in all budding tech startup communities across the emerging markets. Non-Disclosure Agreements and issues of patents are contentious in established markets as well,” said the organizers.

The forum will be addressed by Aleck Ncube, a lecturer on IP at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Ncube teaches both academic staff, researchers as well as students and is currently setting up an Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (ITEC), focusing on in enhancing technology transfer and research.

In the year 2010, he was offered a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship and he undertook research on Technology Transfer in Academic Institutions at the International Technology Transfer Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, United States.Aleck Ncube

While in the US, he joined the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a non-profit organization that promotes IP and Technology Management and Transfer in American Universities and other research institutions across the world. He’s a recipient of the 2011 Scholarship for Technology Transfer Professionals from Developing Economies.

Ncube is currently a Research Fellow at the International Technology Transfer Institute at the New Hampshire School of Law.

JumpStart is an initiative created to foster an active community of ICT entrepreneurs, software developers, creatives, investors and people that love creating mobile and web solutions and companies in Zimbabwe.

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